major incident


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major incident

An event or situation that threatens serious damage to human welfare, the environment, or the security of the state (UK).

Examples of threats
Loss of life, serious injury, homelessness, large-scale loss of communications and disruption to health or communication services.
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THE Welsh Guards are being sent to Afghanistan to protect troops and provide a quick reaction force to major incidents in the country's capital Kabul.
A spokesman for police in Dumfries and Galloway said: "We upped it to a major incident for about four hours because of the number of calls coming in regarding trees down and roads blocked and water washing on to coastal roads and bringing debris up.
Lot 1: Major Incident Response Logistics and Storage.
Staff at the hospital have just minutes to implement the Trust's Major Incident Protocol, including a gold, silver, bronze command chain, putting the hospital on lockdown and organising the transfer of some critically ill patients from the hospital's already full intensive care unit to sister hospital, Charing Cross.
One paramedic said: "This was a major incident and probably the biggest response by the ambulance service to an incident at the airport in several years.
4] The focus should be on actions that can change both the nature of the hazard and the risk that a hazard will evolve into a major incident, with the aim of decreasing the risk of the incident (in terms of both frequency and magnitude).
Last month Walsall's Manor Hospital declared a major incident in its A&E department, saying it was full and advising patients to seek treatment elsewhere.
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: "Social media has completely changed the landscape of how we engage with the public and has become a crucial tool in major incidents - we can pass information immediately, react to rumour and speculation and engage with people on the ground.
The new arrangements worked well and should "form the basis of a revised major incident plan".
It could be in the form of adequate planning, testing of the plans, and education of all staff who may need to respond to a major incident.
He went on: "So we are improving the way the emergency services work together in response to a major incident.
Major incident medical management and support; the practical approach at the scene, 3d ed.

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